Palm responds to Pre privacy concerns
Smartphone vendor Palm has hit back at concerns that its high-profile Pre device may be abusing owners’ privacy.
Verizon to begin LTE rollout in Boston and Seattle
US mobile operator Verizon Wireless has revealed further details of its LTE rollout, earmarking Boston and Seattle as the first two US markets where it will trial the new network later this year.
Qualcomm responds to Japan probe
The Wall Street Journal notes that Qualcomm has disputed a draft order from Japan’s Fair Trade Commission ordering it to modify its licenses with some Japanese companies and eliminate provisions they say force them to cross-license patents to Qualcomm on a royalty-free basis and prevent them from filing patent lawsuits against them.
ITC judge rules in favour of Nokia
A US International Trade Commission judge has issued an initial determination in favour of Nokia in a patent infringement case brought by mobile technology developer InterDigital.
Alcatel-Lucent swaps 4G/LTE boss
Mary Chan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G/LTE mobile networks division, is to be replaced by Ken Wirth. Chan has only been in the position since the beginning of the year and is leaving the company “to pursue opportunities outside of the telecom network infrastructure segment.”
Chinese operators to invest US66B in 3G in 3 years
Telecompaper reports that the three state-owned Chinese mobile operators, which were granted 3G licences in January, propose to make CNY450 billion (US$66 billion) investment in 3G services in the next two-and-a-half to three years, according to comments from minister of industry and information technology, Li Yizhong.
Smartphones to take 70% of Europe’s mobile market by 2012
A Telegraph report, citing statistics from Gartner, claims that smartphones will account for seven out of ten phones sold by 2012 in Europe.
China Unicom still eyes iPhone
Dow Jones Newswires notes that China Unicom says it is in talks with Apple about selling the popular iPhone in the world’s most populous country but no deal has yet been reached.
Zain talking to three firms on Africa sale
The CEO of Kuwait’s Zain has confimed to local media that the operator is in talks with three firms regarding the planned sale of its African mobile operations, reports Reuters.
Vietnam awards 3G spectrum to four operators
The Vietnamese regulator has released 3G spectrum to four of the country’s mobile operators and reports suggest that the first 3G services could launch as early as next month